Subterranean termites take a big bite out of local homes
WHAT: The above photo taken last week depicts exactly what happens when a colony of subterranean termites makes a home out of your house. As roofs collapse, subterranean termites are creating havoc in other homes unbeknownst to their owners.
Why have subterranean termites arrived months ahead of schedule? And what can homeowners do to prepare and prevent?
Jeffery McChesney of Truly Nolen saw a 30 percent increase of these silent destroyers last winter and predicts this year to be even worse. The increase in rain has allowed soil to get saturated, creating the perfect moist conditions for termites to thrive.
Available for interviews upon request, Jeffery has these tips (and more):
- Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around your home.
- Maintain at least an 18-inch gap between your home and soil.
- Trim hedges and other vegetation to prevent ventilation blockages.
WHERE: St. Petersburg area.
WHO: Scott Brody
WHEN: Subterranean termites swarming now, months earlier than normal.
WHY: Subterranean termites swarming now, months earlier than normal.
- Termite damage is rarely covered by home insurance.
- Subterranean termites are the most destructive species of termite.
- An estimated $5 billion in termite-related property damage occurs every year in America.
CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Jeffrey, please contact Michelle Hawthorn, TilsonPR at 561-910-4301